Walter Mencken 3 p.m., July 31
Mingei Raided on Suspicion of Smuggling Pipeline, LA Times Says
According to the Los Angeles Times, federal agents this morning (Jan. 24) raided four Southern California museums in the opening move of a five-year investigation of an alleged smuggling pipeline that may have funneled stolen Southeast Asian and Native American artifacts into museums. The Mingei International Museum in San Diego was one of the targets. The other museums raided by Customs, the IRS, and other agencies were the L.A. County Museum of Art, Pasadena's Pacific Asia Museum, and Santa Ana's Bowers Museum.